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Contact:Sir Robert & Lady Clark
Location:2m SE of Godalming.
Take B2130 Brighton Rd towards Horsham. After 1m church on R, Heath Lane just after on L. Entrance to Munstead Wood 400yds on R. Parking on L of Heath Lane. Disabled parking available, ask at main gate
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Description:This former home of Gertrude Jekyll (designed by Edwin Lutyens) is surrounded by a 10-acre restored garden incl woodland, rivers of daffodils, paths through azaleas and rhododendrons, sunken rockery, lawns, shrubbery, rose-covered pergola, tank garden, topiary box, clematis garland, borders. Doorway in bargate wall to spring and summer gardens. Primula garden behind yew hedge
Disability information:Some gravel, sand and grass paths
Further details:Gertrude Jekyll started work on her garden of 15 acres in 1883 when she was 40, 13 years before the house designed by Edwin Lutyens was added to the space she had left. In 1987, 55 years after her death, the present owners traced her original plans and began to carefully restore it. In spring a river of daffodils flows from a birch copse. Later the wide grass path through many flowering rhododendrons creates a vista between the woodland and the house. Nearby are scented walks among vibrant azaleas. The wide west lawn, edged by the terrace, leads past the sunken rock garden and shrubbery to the main summer border. Backed by an eleven-foot high Bargate stone wall with shrubs and wisteria, the border is approx 200' x 14'. Miss Jekyll planted the border with pale-coloured plants at each end building to strong reds and yellows at the centre and a stone seat. Through the arched doorway in the wall the visitor reaches the spring and summer gardens with displays including tulips, irises and peonies. Returning towards the house, past the rose-covered pergola and summerhouse, the aster garden and nut walk have been restored. Borders filled with lavender and white planting edge the path to the courtyard and Tank garden. The formal setting for the water feature has topiary box and potted pelargoniums underneath clematis. Across the yew hedge is the primula garden. The garden now covers 10 acres but still shows her genius for planting and design.